by Russ Becker
Headaches, inability to focus, increased irritability, lowered self esteem. These are just some of the many symptoms of stress that I’m sure are all too familiar for those reading this. While some stress can certainly be a good thing, too much can be all consuming and an awfully difficult hurdle to overcome, and striking that balance is often much easier said than done.
Beginning this Friday, our students will undergo the final stretch of their academic year culminating in finals week. While this can be a great way to finish the year on a high note, many students experience an increased level of stress at this time. So much so that a recent study conducted by the UK’s ChildLine National Exam Stress Survey revealed that 96% of the 1,300 students polled were experiencing more anxiety and stress in their daily lives due to their upcoming exams. Acknowledging that this is a difficult time for many, we are excited to announce that we are implementing a new program aimed at lessening that stress and teaching our students more effective ways of managing that pressure. Following the completion of the first exam period this Friday, the High School’s “Stress Free Zone” will be open to all students. The safe haven will take place in room 125 and there students can have snacks, partake in various stress free activities, and will be given a packet of strategies that can help mitigate their stress. While finals are certainly the most prevalent thing on most student’s mind it’s equally as important to take a breath and find strategies for relaxation in order to effectively move through our final stretch. Please feel free to contact me if you would like more information on any of the activities being run or how you can use some of these strategies in your own home.